Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien Remembers Brian Mulroney as a ‘Great Servant of Canada’

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In a recent conversation with CTV’s Vassy Kapelos, Jean Chretien fondly remembered Brian Mulroney, acknowledging his dedication as a family man and a formidable political figure who significantly contributed to Canada during his tenure as the 18th Prime Minister from 1984 to 1993.

Chretien highlighted Mulroney’s hard work, fulfilling life, and the strong familial bonds he shared, emphasizing the importance of recognizing Mulroney’s service to the nation.

Throughout their political careers, Chretien and Mulroney found themselves on opposing ends, with their rivalry spanning several years, including when Chretien served under Pierre Elliott Trudeau and during his leadership of the Liberal Party.

Former Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien (Credits: Le Devoir)

Both leaders shared a vision for a unified, inclusive, and prosperous Canada despite their political differences. Chretien reflected on the nature of political opposition as more of a competitive engagement rather than personal animosity, drawing parallels to a sports match where the contention ends with the game.

He discussed Mulroney’s legacy, focusing on their shared goals for the country despite their disagreements on various policies and approaches.

In their later years, Chretien and Mulroney offered counsel to politicians across the political spectrum, sharing their wealth of experience and insights into governance and public service. Chretien emphasized the importance of this mentorship, noting that it’s vital for advancing the country’s interests.

The interview touched on the unique bond shared by individuals who have served as Prime Minister of Canada, underscoring a mutual respect and understanding that transcends political rivalries.

Chretien’s reflections offer a glimpse into the complexities of political life and the enduring contributions of leaders like Mulroney to Canada’s national narrative.

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